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121. Vampire Chronicles : Interview
122. Who's Who Among Vampires: Children
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121. Vampire Chronicles : Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned (Everyman's Library)
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Asin: 0679410503
Catlog: Book (1992-11-17)
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Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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The ornate, casket-like packaging and neogothic graphic design of this immortal trilogy is eerily enticing on its own. But just lift the lid, slide the first tape from its ghostly sleeve, and you'll soon embrace the hypnotic realm of the undead.

Book 1, Interview with the Vampire, opens with the seductive purr of F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) stating, "I was a 25-year-old man when I became a vampire, and the year was 1791." And so our ultimate antihero, Louis, begins the elaborate retelling of his long, tortured life as a vampire. Winding through the ages, from New Orleans to Paris, we follow Louis and his undying mentor, Lestat, as they feed on humans, whet their carnal appetites, and uncover an underworld of vampire brethren.

Book 2, The Vampire Lestat, brings us up to date, with Lestat waking from his earthen slumber to join the ranks of rock superstardom before sitting down to share the tale of his own haunting initiation into the vampire world. Michael York (Cabaret) puts his wonderfully fluid, cosmopolitan voice to good use, adding a dash of sly humor to this fast-paced, satisfying blend of sex and blood and rock and roll.

Book 3, The Queen of the Damned, takes us back, all the way back to ancient Egypt, exposing the origins of the vampire way. Narrating in eerily serene and gracious tones, Kate Nelligan (The Prince of Tides) leads us gently down this bloody path of immortal desires. David Purdham gives the voice of Lestat a wistful quality, tinged with an evil relish that exposes the master vampire's sanguine tastes.

Anne Rice has continued her Vampire Chronicles beyond these three novels, but that shouldn't make this collection any less tempting to either the undead initiate or certified vampire junkie. --George Laney ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interview With The Vampire
I knew about Anne Rice, but I had never read any of her books before. I read Interview With The Vampire, and I couldn't put it down! It's one of the best books I've ever read. Now I'm reading the whole set. It was great!

5-0 out of 5 stars IWV was one of the greatest books ever written
The Vampire Chronicles is one of the best set of books written! Anne Rice takes you into the world of the undead and it leaves you completly speechless. The characters in the book become real and very unforgetable! It leaves you spellbond and very much at the edge of your set. You can't wait to start the next book. I really loved it. 'Memnoch the Devil,' was one of the best also. I truely hope that there will be more books to this set. The entire set is a must to read and own.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great collection
This book is so loving for all vampire lovers. The reason why I like this collection is because people don't have to buy one book at a time. You can just buy this collection, and then you'll be satisfied. All three of the books starting from Interview all the way to the Queen Of The Damned are the finest novals of this collection. Did you know that this is the collection you can use to add background orchestrated music? This is the purfect collection to do just so while you're listening or reading. While we read this book! we must have dark music. The reason why is because this book needs it. Anne Rice is a good author, and her novels are the best ever read. I highly recommend this book to all vampire lovers in the world. They shal fall in love with the darkness of these novels, and pay no worship to the light. That's what's this book is for. This book is the inspiration. This book is love. This book is darkness. This book is everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
Anne Rice is the best modern writer on vampires. I have read them all and she rocks. The coolest scenarios and she reads like an intelligent airport paperback book writer. Her writing goes down easy like a comic book. I have written a book on vampires too if you are interested. It's called Seamus and Emer. It's available on Amazon so take a look. Good Luck! Bye Bye!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sink your teeth into this...
... a fine set of Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. What a refreshing point of view and burning light to see vampires in. Rice gives us vampires with feelings - why shouldn't a vampire feel joy, pain and regret? Yes, bottom line is they are merciless killers, but this is the all-too often typecast image of vampires that Hollywood likes to betray. These immortals don't just sweep in with a dramatic flare of their capes (most of the time they don't even wear one), kill then leave - we experience their agony, hunger, happiness and turmoil before and after each kill. Anne Rice gives us so much more - imagine YOUR fears, regrets and hopes from your lifetime spread over an eternity. Would you really want immortality? What is right and what is wrong? Good and evil? The devil and God? Leave your humdrum life behind for a while and bury yourself (literally) in a world of fascinating, real characters in sumtuous, historic or sordid surroundings. Enjoy, but remember to put the lid back across when you're finished... ... Read more

122. Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition
by Daniel Greenberg, Timothy Bradstreet, Doug Gregory
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Catlog: Book (1995-02-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Pub
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5-0 out of 5 stars Vision of art
Childern of the Iquisition was a book that I had bought several years ago. It had wonderful art. I would love to purchase this book for the art alone in order to display on my walls at home. My boyfriend and I have a uniquestyle of decorating our home. This book would be a great display. A freindhad claimed this book and I've wondered whether I would ever come accrossthis book again. I am hoping.... ... Read more

123. Fat White Vampire Blues
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Jules Duchon was a real New Orleans vampire. Born and bred in the working-class Ninth Ward, bitten and smitten with the Big Easy. Driving through the French Quarter, stuck in a row of bumper-to-bumper cars that crept along Decatur Street like a caravan of bone-weary camels, Jules Duchon barely fit behind the steering wheel of his very big Cadillac taxicab. Even with the seat pushed all the way back.

Damn, he was hungry.

Jules stopped his cab, pressed the wobbly rocker switch that jerked the electric windows reluctantly to life, and stuck his head into the humid night air. “Hey, baby. You interested in some dinner?”

–from Fat White Vampire Blues

Vampire, nosferatu, creature of the night–whatever you call him–Jules Duchon has lived (so to speak) in New Orleans far longer than there have been drunk coeds on Bourbon Street. Weighing in at a whopping four hundred and fifty pounds, swelled up on the sweet, rich blood of people who consume the fattiest diet in the world, Jules is thankful he can’t see his reflection in a mirror. When he turns into a bat, he can’t get his big ol’ butt off the ground.

What’s worse, after more than a century of being undead, he’s watched his neighborhood truly go to hell–and now, a new vampire is looking to drive him out altogether. See, Jules had always been an equal opportunity kind of vampire. And while he would admit that the blood of a black woman is sweeter than the blood of a white man, Jules never drank more than his fair share of either. Enter Malice X . Young, cocky, and black, Malice warns Jules that his days of feasting on sisters and brothers are over. He tells Jules he’d better confine himself to white victims–or else face the consequences. And then, just to prove he isn’t kidding, Malice burns Jules’s house to the ground.

With the help of Maureen, the morbidly obese, stripper-vampire who made him, and Doodlebug, an undead cross-dresser who (literally) flies in from the coast– Jules must find a way to contend with the hurdles that life throws at him . . . without getting a stake through the heart. It’s enough to give a man the blues.
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Rice of New Orleans Vampires
If you like vampire tales, you just gotta love "Fat White Vampire Blues." Andrew Fox has written a fine and funny tale of vampires from the less elite and effete sections of The Big Easy. Not that I dislike Anne Rice's vampire tales, but after a while....

"Fat White Vampire Blues" is a b-movie of a book informed by pulp magazines, comic books, new age spiritualism, and, well, b-movies. The conclusion of the tale is a little unsatisfying, and Fox plays fast and furious with so many concepts of vampirism (both traditional and some his own creations) along the way that he leaves many unexplored in the effort to get his story wrapped up. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Jules could always return in a follow-up, and that wouldn't be a bad thing either. Even so, this book is just so much fun to read it's hard not to like it.

As for any charges that the book is racist or homophobic ... give me a break. Methinks the reader doth protest too much.

4-0 out of 5 stars The quick Andrew Fox has fun with a lazy, fat white vampire!
Jules Duchon is a New Orleans freelance cab driver and vampire. He drives a Cadillac, which comfortably accommodates his 450 pound bulk. For decades, Jules has been content to cruise the city, making meals of the occasional passenger or homeless person. Although often depressed and lonely, Jules consoles himself with pleasant memories and his collection of blues records and vintage pulp magazines.

Jules' peaceful existence comes to an end the night he is confronted by angry African American vampire Malice X, who issues him an ultimatum-limit his prey to the white population or suffer dire consequences. Unable to comply, Jules is eventually forced by X's minions to flee New Orleans. His comic adventures in exile and his defiant return to his hometown to confront his nemesis provide the backdrop for the remainder of the novel.

FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES is hands down one of the funniest novels you'll ever read, deriving humor from its clueless protagonist, its colorful and varied supporting cast, and from the mores and attitudes of gaudy New Orleans culture. Fox has created the perfect comic character in Jules Duchon, whose sloth, prejudices, outmoded ideas, and general stupidity expose him to increasingly outrageous predicaments. Along the way, Fox wreaks havoc with the notion of vampires as sexy creatures of the night,portraying them as essentially human, limited by the emotions and worries we all face. Thus, instead of the smooth, confident Lestat, we have the inept, insecure Jules; instead of the frightening Claudia, we have the cross dressing Doodlebug. Where Rice's vampires are the masters of all they survey, Fox's have trouble mastering even their simplest of powers (Jules, for instance, cannot mesmerize his prey, he can only induce nausea.)

Seemingly deriving inspiration from novels as diverse as John Kennedy Toole's CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, Michael Chabon's THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, Christopher Golden's OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS, Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE, FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES offers laughs on every page, even in the midst of harrowing action. Despite the fact that much of the humor is admittedly lowbrow, and that Fox's narrative exhibits many of the flaws endemic to any first novel, FAT WHITE VAMPIRE BLUES is a comic gem, one of the most promising debuts in recent memory.

2-0 out of 5 stars Book Not as Promising as its Title
With its title of "Fat White Vampire Blues," I expected a wild, inventive comedy--an expectation fueled by all those "Confederacy of Dunces" comparisons. Well, the book is set in New Orleans and the main character, Jules Duchon, is fat, but these are about the only things Andrew Fox's novel has in common with "Dunces." Much of Jules behavior is whiny and annoying, which I could forgive if it was used to greater comic effect, but the laughs just aren't there. Other characters aren't much better: Maureen, another fat white vampire, is a little less irritating than Jules, if only because her appearances are in measured doses; and the antogonist, Malice X, seems an amalgamation of every movie stereotype of black men. Only Doodlebug, Jules' cross-dressing former sidekick, breaths any sort of life into this story, although even s/he can't save the flagging pace of the book's final third. "FWVB" isn't totally without merit: The first few chapters were engaging enough to keep me reading. Unfortunately, as the story dragged on it became quite apparent Jules is no Ignatius J. Reilly, and Fox is no John Kennedy Toole.

1-0 out of 5 stars antiprotagonist? or just annoying?
Okay, so you have your basic protagonist, the main character we, the reader, root for throughout the book. Then you have your flawed protagonist, one who has some drawback but makes him or her more identifiable or sympathetic. Then you have your anti-protagonist, the one who drives the plot and is the central figure but is basically unlikable for some specific reason. Duchon is not any of these per se, because he is, in fact, a lazy sonofabitch who, 80 years after his mother has died, still lives in the house he grew up in, is a total glutton (feeding on fatty people of color, no less), and seems adept only at whining about his own problems.

But that's not even the worst aspect of reading this drivel. That none of the characters have anything resembling real motivation for their actions, that the tentative momentum of the plot slows to a standstill in the third quarter of the book, and that the story is at turns vile, pointlessly depressing, and suffers from bad dialogue, well, all of those things are jockeying for first place of worst aspects of the book.

Do something else with your time, like go jogging, or stand in bright sunlight.

4-0 out of 5 stars (Un)live a little... laugh!
Karen (the reviewer below) is RIGHT--lighten up!

This book is a hoot, with plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes. The author is endlessly creative while remaining true to the common vampire paradigm. The characters are interesting and the plot is weird enough to be engaging but doesn't leave any loose ends. It's steeped in New Orleans culture, the prose is solid, the dialogue is believable... It's hard to knock. It's exactly what it set out to be: a fairly light, broad spoof of Rice and the vampire genre in general.

Heck, I'd just spent weeks trying to read Blues with a Feeling, that textbook-awful Little Walter bio, and let me tell you that THIS was a breath of fresh air after that. ... Read more

124. The CHOSEN NIGHT WORLD (Night World)
by L.J. Smith
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE CHOSEN is my #1 Night World Book......
I love this book so much! HUNTRESS and DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is tied for the #2 spot. Rashel is a vampire hunter, who had seen a vampire "eat" her friend Timmy, kill her mother, and set her great-aunt's house on fire (she herself had escaped) when she was five. Rashel is known as the Cat, a vampire hunter who always leaves a mark similiar to a cat's claws. She meets a vampire Quinn, when she's with a group of vampire hunters on a mission. Rashel knocks him out and they tie him. While the other vampire hunters go check to make sure there are no more vampires in the area, she and Quinn *rendevous*. Rashel learns a lot about his history, and she feels pity for him. Rashel decides to free him, although the vampire hunters no longer trust her...I really admire Rashel's courage and strength, and Quinn was really kind and loving at the end. THE CHOSEN is absolutely! ! positively one of LJS's best books. I'm still waiting for! STRANGE FATE to come out, and I still love the soulmate principle, however nonrealistic it may be. Q.L.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best in the series!
This is my all time favourite L.J. Smith book although it is closely followed by Huntress. I loved Rashel's strong character and Quinn was to die for as the vampire guy with no heart. I felt that this was the best written book and the characters were a lot more realistic than in some previous ones. Also nice touch with the flashbacks into their pasts to give them more depth and background.

Rashel kicks butt in her role as the breathtakingly beautiful and devastatingly dangerous slayer of vampires. Ever since she was a kid, Rashel has been picking off evil Night World people and she has never been beaten or caught. Determined to find the vampire who killed her mother, a chance encounter with the deadly vmpire Quinn will change her life.

When she gives him a chance to escape, Quinn realises that this beautiful girl is far from what she seems. Later, they meet again and once again, Rashel is faced with either killing him or letting him escape and possibly ruining her disguise. She lets him go and soon after, he too his faced with the same choice.

Fantastic! Deserves 10 stars! Couple of questions though. Why is it that the humans never seem to want to become vampires? It's not that bad really, from the book description and would solve problems like dying. The best book though!

5-0 out of 5 stars As night falls Rashel stalks the streets.....
looking for vampire scum! After a friend and family perish at the hands of an evil vampire Rashel whips herself into killer shape and goes on a rampage as she leads a double life...hunting vampires by night and attending school during the day! All is well for Rashell, kicking vampire butt at night until she crosses paths with a magnetic vampire named Quinn. Rashell finds herself foiling the kidnapping plan and letting Quinn go free!
Their paths then cross again when Rashel goes undercover at a Nightworld night club...
Quinn has no idea the beautiful green eyed girl he meets at the underground club is the same lethal vampire slayer he met that night he was ambushed and then set free by. A determined Rashell wants to be let into a nightworld slave trade and will use all her wiles to get Quinn to let her into the slave trade.
This book has an exsplosive ending! Astonishing secrets are revealed to both Quinn and Rashel. L.J. Smith is my top author and I also suggest Christopher Pike.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Ones
As the fifth book in the Night World series, 'The Chosen' improves on all four of the previous books, drawing on deeper themes and ideas than the rest, and setting the scene for this continuing trend in the next book 'Soulmate'.
Rashel Jordan is only five years old when she witnesses her mother being killed and her younger brother Timmy being drunken from by a vampire. Because she's seen the killer and is telling others about what happened he comes after her when she stays at her Aunt Corinne's house, burning it to the ground. Rashel is alone in the world.
At seventeen years old, she is the bane of vampire-kind. Calling herself 'the Cat' she hunts and kills their kind in all of the major cities, and there is a large bounty on her head. At the time this story takes place Rashel goes to the Lancers, a human organisation for killing vampires and joins in with a small group who're watching a warehouse that has been lately occupied by vampires. Their goal is to catch a vampire and discover its reasons for being there - through torture if need be. Among the group is a young girl named Nyala whose sister was killed by a vampire. Yet when the vampire is caught and the others go to scout around, Rashel finds that to her horror she and the vampire - Quinn (last seen in Daughters of Darkness) are soulmates. Letting him go, Rashel finds that she is suddenly wanted by both sides of the fight - the vampires still have a bounty on her head, and the Lancers think she has defected to the other side.
And it doesn't end there. While on the run from both of them Rashel literally runs into a young girl Daphne Childs, who is one of the missing young girls of late. With her in tow Rashel has access to exactly what the vampires are up to. For unknown reasons - though Rashel suspects its the slave trade - girls are being abucted from a club known as the Black Iris by none other than Quinn himself. Rashel's mission is clear - get into the club, become one of these 'chosen' and thus get herself to one of the secret and hidden vampire enclaves. And she'll have to do it by herself...

As you can see, the premise is a fascinating one, and there is no shortage of interesting characters and ideas. Not all vampires are bad, not all humans are good so it would seem, and there are enough twists and turns, suspence and excitement to keep most people interested. It draws on things mentioned from the other books - the enclave is probably much like the ones Rowan, Kestrel and Jade escaped from in Daughters of Darkness, and the password that Rashel uses with the Lancers 'the night has a thousand eyes/and the day only one' is re-used in the prophesy in book seven. L. J. Smith extends more on her idea and the nature of the Night World than previously seen, and several characters pop up that will have appearences in other books - namely Hunter and Lily Redfern.
The 'mission' plot strand gives the book some focus (too often L. J. Smith's work rambles, changes, backtracks or doesn't know where its going) and the pace is fast and never dwindles.

However, there are a few flaws, the nature of which keeps this book from being a 'five-star' novel. The character of Nyala was a complicated and intriguing one - a girl who was slightly mentally unstable. I don't want to give too much away, but for those who have read the books, I felt that she should have perished in the fire. Okay, that's not very nice of me, but a good author should know when to destroy a character for greater impact in the book's progression. But no, L.J. Smith simply *had* to save her, didn't she. She just *had* to have yet another happy, cliche-ridden ending that is so prevailent in so many of her books. To have Nyala has a tragic figure would have been both poignant and heartbreaking - *that's* what we should have come away from the book feeling.
Secondly, Daphne Child's part in the book is pretty implausible. Let me get this straight - she manages to escape from the jaws of certain death and is saves by pure chance by Rashel. And when she is faced with what she got away with, she wants it again? Huh? Yes, yes, she's very brave about going back to the Night Club and letting herself get kidnapped, but come on! - it was just plain stupid. No one in real life would ever do this to themselves. It was the same when Rashel was at the docks and she turned around to find all the girls still there - face it, they would have run like deer.
It also ended very abruptly - we don't know what is to become of Timmy, of the girls, of the ends with simply the boat sailing back to the shore. I for one had many unanswered questions, and since each book tells of a totally different couple, they weren't to be found in the next book.
Finally, the use of the name 'Timmy', brought back Lassie flashbacks: 'Oh no, Timmy's down the well!' Unfortunatly this meant whenever Timmy turned up I was plauged by visions of him floudering in water.

All in all however, a good read. One of L.J.'s more suspenseful, darker works. Highly recommended in the context of the Night World series.

But 'Timmy'?...

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This is a pretty good book. The characters are good. The plot's great. The writing's wonderful. So what's my problem? It should have been longer! Most of the Night World books by L.J. Smith manage to feel complete despite being short. "The Chosen" was different. The characters, their feelings, and their lives were complex. I especially would have been interested in learning more about Quinn. It just felt a bit rushed to me at the end. Actually, that's probably a good thing, that I loved the characters enough to want more. In any case, for the length she had to work with, L.J. Smith did a pretty good job. ... Read more

125. V Is for Vampire: An A to Z Guide to Everything Undead
by David J. Skal
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Asin: 0452271738
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Sales Rank: 599118
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, but still very enjoyable
"V is for Vampire" doesn't hold a candle to David J. Skal's other books - nearly all of which are minor classics - and he knows it. He admits in his introduction to "V is for Vampire" that the book isneither all-inclusive nor complete. With that in mind, this "A to ZGuide to Everything Undead" is still very enjoyable to read, and iswell-suited to relaxed browsing. The problem, however, is that a largenumber of people who will purchase this book are probably the kinds ofhorror fans who already know a great deal about the genre and will not bebowled over by anything less than a complete overview of everything theyalready know, as well as a number of things they don't. "V is forVampire" is hit-and-miss, and seems more like a loose and disconnectedseries of notes for a larger book that was never actually finished. Also,several factual errors (a couple of which are quite egregious) destroy asmidgin of the book's credibility, and Skal often seems more interested inbeing flippant than in getting to the heart of what he is writing about(his misreading of George A. Romero's film "Martin" is especiallywrongheaded). Nevertheless, "V is for Vampire" still furnishes afairly comprehensive and enjoyable overview of the role of the vampire innineteenth and twentieth century literature, art, and film. And it's a lotof fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Um excuse me Dean person
I think it's great that there is a spin on an old topic and itgoes deeper than just naming movies.It's about time someone dwelvedinto the psychological aspects of vampirism.A very good book and avery enjoyable read.As a footnote, I was especially impressed by the fact that he mentioned "Vampire Hunter D".Very comprehensive and fun!

2-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, and Biased Besides
This book gives short shrift to anything vampire-related that doesn't interest the author personally.It also, as a previous reviewer noted,paints vampire afficianadoes as sexual deviants and credits too much to theFreudian idea that all forms of personal expression are rooted in sexualmisgivings.Not of the slightest interest to anyone who REALLY wants toknow what vampires are all about.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not David's Best.
David Skal is one of the better writers on Horror Literature and Media.
However,in this particular book, he spends too much time analysing our love of vampires and the like,as an indication that we are sexually disturbed or have a streak of facism in our character.
Sorry David, but some of us just liked to be spooked!

5-0 out of 5 stars HE HE HE
This book is so cute and fun to read!If you're planning to purchase thisbook, one word of advice: ENJOY!!!!:) ... Read more

126. Dark Ages Fae: World of Darkness (Dark Ages Vampire)
by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Carrie Ann Lewis, Forrest B. Marchington, Deena McKinney, Krister M. Michl, Matthew J. Rourke, Malcolm Sheppard
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Asin: 1588462927
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing
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127. Into the Night
by Linda Lael Miller
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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In Time Without End, vampire Valerian has surrendered his soul to the haunting solitude of endless night. But once every century, his lost beloved returns in human form, reigniting sparks in him.

In Tonight and Always, second-generation vampire Kristina will remain forever young. Little good it does her, though-the one time she dared give her heart to a mortal man, she suffered painful loss, vowing never to love again. That is, until now.
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5-0 out of 5 stars I want MORE!...
Oh, were do I begin? I have read the whole collection of these tantalizing vampire books in one month. Miller's writing style is elegant and smooth making the pages flow one after another. In this book, Valerian is seductive, vulnerable, and real. My heart hurt for him as well as sang with his. I did not care for his 20th century love, but all the rest were very believable and the I recommended this book to every person looking for a new read. I am a F 31 and never had read a vampire book before. I strongly recommend waiting to read this book until you have read the first book with Adian, talk about yummy! All the men & women are beautiful, regal, and sexy.... in a vampire way. I miss not having another of these books to read. But I will await and pray Miller keeps going in these vampire sagas. You will love Valerian from the beginning! All of Miller's characters have become part of my family.... all with a few secrets and all with more to tell! ... Read more

128. Vampires of the Andes
by Henry Carew
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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1925. This is the gruesome tale of a type of vampire unlike any we have encountered in other literature. The vampires of the Andes are more horrifying, being a vampire that is psychic with occult powers to take in not only the blood of its victims, but the energies and creative impulses the victims hold. ... Read more

129. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
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Asin: 0380728133
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 33099
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Here's something different: a vampire novel that's light, funny, and not at all hackneyed. Between scenes of punks bowling frozen turkeys on the graveyard shift in a supermarket, or snapping turtles loose in a loft and gnawing on designer shoes, this novel has comic charm to spare. But it also packs an appealingly downbeat message about the consumer culture: Becoming a vampire has given the twentysomething heroine "a crampless case of rattlesnake PMS"--a grumpy mood in which she realizes that she can dress to the nines as a "Donner Party Barbie" and still end up disillusioned and unhappy, just another slacker doing her own laundry and watching sucky TV 'til the sun rises. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Cute vampire comedy
A vampire comedy about Jody, a woman who was recently made a vampire against her will. She has no clue what vampires are suppose to do in her situation but she figures she needs someone to do her bidding during the day. So she picks up Tommy, a gullible[]aspiring writer. Things are going as well as can be expected with Jody and Tommy until the vampire that turned her decides to screw with their heads.

This book was pretty darn amusing and full of offbeat humor. I loved the oddball characters and quirky situations littered through out the book. I wasn't overly interested in the plot but that didn't really matter much. This is the only Christopher Moore book I've read but I'll most likely be reading more. If you like wacky humor with a little horror and romance then you should try this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read.
This book should come with a warning label: Read this book alone! Constant chuckling and laughing out loud in public will lead people to think you are crazy!

Ostensibly, this is a spoof of a "vampire" tale. That's like saying Gone with the Wind was about farm life in the south. It utterly fails to convey the substance of the novel.

That substance is derived from the characters--the usual well defined and full blown whackos that inhabit all of Moore's novels. As with all of Moore's novels the locale is a major character as well, and while most of his work is set in small, quirky towns, this one is set in San Francisco, lending an additional element of urban wackiness to the whole thing.

The thing with Moore that most astounds is his characters are cartoons in many ways-but have no cartoonish sense about them. Instead, they remind you of all your best friends, and, like your best friends, you care about these people. That makes the story compelling and, interestingly, the humor more intense.

Make no mistake--this is light, recreational reading. But is it light, recreational reading of the highest order.

I have read all of Moore's books (save the one just issued) and while all are humorous and enjoyable, this one is his best by far.

4-0 out of 5 stars great Sci/Fi comedy
It may be strange to say but I know people like these characters. The girl that can't be without a boyfriend... The cute boy that's too nice to attract girls... the punk guys working blue collar jobs... the jerk ex... the manipulitive ass who really wants someone - can have anyone - but doesn't know how to find the right someone.
Maybe that's why the book is so much fun. It's relatable to some extent. Even with the vampires.
Somebody that reviewed this said the characters felt distant. I agree. I also think that on a whole, it's easier to laugh at a distance. It's when you're too close that it's no longer funny (forget who said that). This isn't supposed to be a Anne Rice novel and thank god. It's violent, dark, honest, sweet and funny. Without shoving it down your throat.
Excellent writing and story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Funny but Flawed
Having read this book, I'm planning to read more of Moore's work, but I do so with a question about whether the flaws of this particular novel are specific to this one book or typical of Moore overall. Bloodsucking Fiends is often wonderfully funny, and Moore does a good job with his supernatural world meets mundane life issues, but the ending seems rushed and forced, and overall I found myself not really caring about Moore's characters. I didn't mind if they lived or died, and my lack of concern for them decreased my engagement with the story. I think that this distance between characters and reader might be intentional, because then Moore can do ludicrously awful things and we won't mind, but it's a tactic that leaves this particular reader somewhat dissatisfied. It reminded me of Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One in that respect; I think that people who appreciate Moore's tone with his characters will probably find Waugh's satires hilarious.

This is an entertaining book, and I'll be reading some of Moore's other novels as a result of this introduction, but I hope that his other novels are better than this one and not the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars A unique vampire book
I love vampires, but I've read so many vampire books and seen so many vampire movies, that the topic has become dull. I had almost completely lost my faith in vampires until I read this. This book is hilarious. I've read it several times in the past few years, and it still manages to make me laugh. A very unusual book, and a fresh spin on the genre. Worth a read. ... Read more

130. Covenant With the Vampire
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Asin: 0385313136
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars What can I say besides wow?
I'll admit the story starts a little slow in my opinion. How can I say that when the opening line is a bold statement of a death? Easy. Long-time horror book reader, but I digress. It quickly picks up though, and I found myself emerged in the world of the Dracul family. It's easy to get caught into the story as you progress further. You feel like you're that metaphorical fly on the wall, witnessing things you should not.

The story is told much in the same style of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is the family's account of the events as told to their journals, but this story takes place 50 years before the events that occurred in Bram's novel. In this Covenant with the Vampire, Arkady Tsepesh has returned to his ancestral home of Transylvania, taking with him his pregnant wife, Mary. His father has died, and now he must continue the family tradition. The family is bound by a covenant to take care of Vlad Dracula, and in return, Dracula protects them.

Arkady doesn't believe the rumors about his dear, eccentric uncle. For years, the villagers have held on to "silly superstitions" about the Tsepesh family, resulting in a hate-hate relationship between the villagers and the family. Strange occurrences begin to take place at the Tsepesh estate. The family scrambles to make sense of the things that are happening around them. They often question their sanity, even in the face of evidence. Education leaves no room for "irrational" beliefs. As they piece together the mystery, Arkady is horrified to find what is expected of him now, and what's even worse, the covenant has been broken.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I think most vampire lovers will. Jeannne Kalogridis has done a wonderful job of spinning a tale that leaves you wanting more. And you can tell that's she's definitely done her research for these book. This book provides chronological history for the vampire that started it all while being historically accurate. It has given us something new to ponder in the world of Dracula. Covenant with the Vampire is chilling and insightful, and from the descriptions she gives, one is able to visual everything with a glaring clarity. The story is laced with intrigue, mystery, and an air of seductive evil.

As you progress through the novel, the urgency of the characters become more and more apparent as they try to discern between what is real and what is fake. The only complaint I had is that she seemed to fall into descriptive overload at some points (usually the dullest points), and you may find yourself skipping a few pages ahead to get to the good stuff. Otherwise, I think it a good book to add to any vampire collection. It draws from a classic.


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vampire Saga
The first of the three book series, Covenant With the Vampire, is one of the best Vampire Sagas ever written. From the very start, a dark mood is set and it continues to unfold throughout the rest of the book. The story unfolds as Arkady Tsepesh's father has died and he and his pregnant wife are on route to Transylvania to undertake his late fathers role, that as an aid to a great uncle, Vlad Dracula. Arkady and his wife do their best to remain optimistic, but as the days go by, Vlad's evil begins to encompass every part of their lives.

The book is set as a prelude to Bram Stoker's Dracula and Jeanne Kalogridis does a magnificent job is setting the evil atmosphere you'd expect. The novel is filled with horror, suspense, tragedy, and despair, while always showing a ray of light and of hope that this evil can be overcome. This book is not to be passed up, whether you are a fan of Vampires or horror in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars Traditional Vampire Novel
I was surprised when I started to read this novel that the author choose a more traditional and mythological take on vampires. Like vampires are not harmed by sunlight, but are harmed by garlic, and can be shape shifters. I like the eerie and dreadful atmosphere of the novel. This is not an Anne Rice book where the vampire is confused about his identity or mesmerized by a painting. This is a novel about a family who slowly discover the truth about there kind and giving Uncle Vlad. At first I thought "Oh gee another Dracula novel . . .." It is a prequel to Stoker's work that takes place fifty years before the original novel. This novel tells of a pact between Dracula and his descendants. That as long as they obey him, i.e. bring him visitors to eat, he'll keep them from harm and provide them with all their needs. Only the eldest son knows what their "Uncle" is. But when the latest heir to the Covenant arrives from England with his expecting wife, the vampire's pact may end. This novel also gives hints on Dracula's plans on moving to England.

I give it four stars because the middle of the book kind of drags. It is almost a reconstruction of the who Mina and Lucy relationship and the drama they endured during Lucy's illness. If you read the original you'll remember the whole illness that Lucy suffered at the hands of Dracula. We go through it again here with Mary and Zsuzsanna. Zsuzsanna is ill and bedridden. They hang garlic wreaths around the windows, as per peasant servants requests, and she gets better. But when the garlic is removed she gets sick again. So yeah that was boring because it was almost line per line from DRACULA. So the middle of the novel revolves mostly around Zsuzsanna's malady, Mary and her husband Arkady's doubts on there sanity.

All that said I still enjoy the build up and the gloomy atmosphere. It kind of reminded me of Dark Shadows.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in mythological Vampiric Literature
The Diaries of the Family Dracul. This series is a priceless collection that should grace every Vampire's collection. Ms. Kalogridis seems to attain the sublime gift of literary omniscience. All the journals are masterfully written, full with prismic expression sublime. These books are a gateway to the Gothic World of the strigoi, wherer we become intimately acquainted with the Tsepesh {sic} Family, & all those around them.

The text is highly addictive, for it is the most crystallized Vampire novel I have ever read. It is a masterpiece. There is passion, violence, blood, sensitivity, romance, tragedy, sensuality, cruelty, fear, & debauchery. All emotions are stimulated. The scenery, the sounds, the textures, the tastes, the emotions, are all dramatically tangable. Wolves, superstitious peasants, Vampires, storms, are all present here, all guided by the nefarious hand of Vlad Dracul, who are all powerless in His infernal game of pleasure & pain.

The whole tale is an inspirational opus, depicting the World of Darkness to its most splenderous. This is the stuff beautiful nightmares are made from.

Reading Covenant With The Vampire by candlelight is most appropriate, sipping on a glass of slivovitz to arm the bones on a cold rainy night, for it is always as such within...

In the dark of the night, may the hypnotizing emerald eyes of Vlad watch over you. But whatever you do, do not break the covenant...

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not Anne Rice, but not bad, a bit overdramatic
This story of the Family Dracul(a), wasn't bad, but was a bit overdramatic in places, especially in the reading some of the actors gave. The main character "Vlad" or "V" was an evil dude, and his relative Arkady was a bit of a sad figure. The women gave better reading. It had a few moments of mild erotic scenes, but these didn't detract from the story. It's not Anne Rice, but it's not bad.
I will be listening to the follow-up Children Of The Vampire".
One thing, if the buyer gets the "UNABRIDGED" version, by Brilliance Audio, an "adapter" is needed for non-stereo players (are there any players like that anymore? I have a couple). Anyway, there are spoken instructions for this. It can, to the unfamilar with these types of books on tape, like I was, be confusing, but they did give instructions for that too. [I presume to give the complete book in audio on a limited # of tapes, but I got it on sale; but next time, I think, I'll try the abridged.] I got the books too; hopefully it reads better, in print, than it is to listen to. ... Read more

131. Incubus Dreams: The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series
by Laurell, K. Hamilton
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In the latest New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Anita's life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead. A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City. Surrounded by suspicion, overwhelmed by her attempts to control the primal lusts that continue to wrack her, Anita does something unprecedented: she calls for help. ... Read more

132. A Taste Of Blood Wine
by Freda Warrington
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Asin: 1892065487
Catlog: Book (2002-02)
Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.
Sales Rank: 397882
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars You'll remember this book Forever...
Freda Warrington's vampires are sensual individuals, exotic and beautiful; also terrible as their predatory natures must never be forgotten.

Here we have vampires that evolved from new age concepts; they shift through space by moving through the Crystal Ring - a reality along side our own that is linked to the astral plane and the subconscious mind. Through the ring, much like the mythical vampire that by becoming mist can enter any room; the vampires of Warrington's trilogy can not be barred from any the Crystal Ring, nothing of the world is solid and stone walls are but water colours painted on air.
These vampires are not troubled by sunlight; moving about by night or day and they sleep but rarely and then only within the unreachable realm of the Crystal Ring.

Along with spectacular characters, individuals to haunt your dreams and infect your every waking day dream; Warrington supplies the most beautiful, imagery filled writing...exotic landscapes come alive, handsome features are expertly painted with words that have far reaching impact.
You'll not soon forget a Warrington vampire, vivid colours that burn into the memory and stay with you forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars powerful supernatural tale
Five years have passed since Kristian, self proclaimed God of the vampires, allowed rebellious Karl van Wultendorf to go his own foolish way. Now he demands his subordinate return to his castle overlooking the Rhine to genuflect to his creator. Karl knows he must adhere to the summons, but remains defiant refusing to worship Kristian, as he will visit on his time not his "master's" schedule.

Karl meets with Cambridge science Professor Neville to help him study vampirism in order to eradicate Kristian. However, a distraction in terms of Neville's reticent daughter Charlotte surfaces as he and Charlotte begin to fall in love but Kristian learns of her and her family. He has a new weapon better than banishment into the cold Crystal Ring dimension for he believes he can force his disobedient rebel to kneel or watch the Neville's drained of blood one at a time with Charlotte being the ultimate pawn caught in his web.

Fans of vampire tales with a strong romantic subplot will appreciate A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE. The story line provides an exciting, but different approach to much of the mythos and that requires some worthwhile but slower pacing explanations. Kristian is quite a superego maniac, but his use of the Nevilles as cannon fodder in a chess game of life and death makes for fabulous reading especially with the dilemma confronting the hero. Charlotte is a fine protagonist especially as a hostage in the great war between two powerful supernatural creatures whose rivalry makes the species seem genuine which leads to a fine time for fans.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Vampire book ever!
I had been waiting forever for this book to be in print again. I have the 2nd and 3rd book of the series (Dance in Blood Velvet and the Dark Blood of Poppies). People who have enjoyed Anne Rice novels will love this one! In my opinion, Freda Warrington is even better. The vampire world she creates is imaginative. All the myths about vampires (eg. cannot be in the sun) are gone. This is a refreshing look at the vampire world. The central characters of Karl and Charlotte are compelling. They engage the audience and you want to know more about their relationship and how it develops. "Dance in Blood Velvet" furthers their relationship and I recommend you read that one after this excellent book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great vampire love story
A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington

From the cover: "Karl von Wultendorf, though a vampire himself, is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude.

"Charlotte Neville is the daughter of a Cambridge professor. She has grown up questioning all that she sees and because of this, is seen as a wallflower by British society. She lives with her father and assists him with his experiments at their home.

"When Karl meets, and falls in love with, Charlotte, he realizes that he must find a way to kill Kristian, for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte."

Shy, backward, but incredibly strong and stubborn Charlotte meets the man of her dreams. But there's a problem. Does Charlotte let the fact that her lover is a drinker of human blood sway her from his love? Not in this story. Charlotte never even blinks as she makes choices that lead to the deaths of family members and perhaps even the one closest to her. Karl never hesitates in making decisions that bring harm to Charlotte's family and danger to himself. These characters are absolutely uncompromising in their love for each other and for what they're willing to endure - and cause others to endure - to be together.

I'm not sure exactly what I find so unusual about this story. At the heart, it's a love story, perhaps not so unusual from what we've read in "vampire romances" before. And yet, it rises above almost every other vampire romance I've read, with its strong characters, uncompromising love story and perhaps in the brutalities committed against characters we've come to like. I do recommend it - highly. I eagerly await the sequels and hope they live up to the beginning of this original story. ... Read more

133. I, Vampire : The Confessions of a Vampire - His Life, His Loves, His Strangest Desires ... (Fawcett Gold Medal)
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Catlog: Book (1990-07-01)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 233054
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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From yesterday to a hundred years ago, he lives in the world and walks among us. He enjoys the finest things in life, including beautfiul women, well-aged wine, and the finest classical composers. He has no guilt -- he has no need of it. Neither good, nor bad, neither angel nor devil, he is a man, he is a vampire. And this is his story....
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Vampire story that almost hit the mark
I, Vampire has all the elements to be a solid novel but at just about every turn fails to hit the mark. The storyline, the characters, the twists and turns, and even the historical aspects all have the feel of a low-budget B rated movie.

In a diary format, we learn about the facinating, yet barely believable life of David Parker. His path takes us from Chicago to Las Vegas to Paris and Germany. We get an interesting history of Russia from the Middle Ages to modern times. We're introduced to several famous historical characters, all of whom are Vampires that help David along the way.

It's almost like the author tried 'too hard' to make the story work, and in the process did an injustice to it. The choice of Mozart and the other historical characters takes away from the dark atmosphere and suspense and turns the book into an unintentional parody and in some cases a comedy, neither of which I believe was the attempt.

The book however, does stand on it's own and does lay the foundation for many sequels. I think the author has great potential to develop the character of David. I wouldn't put it at the top of the list of Vamp reads but definately take the time to read it when you can.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Vampire that almost hits the mark
I, Vampire has all the elements to be a solid novel but at just about every turn fails to hit the mark. The storyline, the characters, the twists and turns, and even the historical aspects all have the feel of a low-budget B rated movie.

In a diary format, we learn about the facinating, yet barely believable life of David Parker. His path takes us from Chicago to Las Vegas to Paris and Germany. We get an interesting history of Russia from the Middle Ages to modern times. We're introduced to several famous historical characters, all of whom are Vampires that help David along the way.

It's almost like the author tried 'too hard' to make the story work, and in the process did an injustice to it. The choice of Mozart and the other historical characters takes away from the dark atmosphere and suspense and turns the book into an unintentional parody and in some cases a comedy, neither of which I believe was the attempt.

The book however, does stand on it's own and does lay the foundation for many sequels. I think the author has great potential to develop the character of David. I wouldn't put it at the top of the list of Vamp reads but definately take the time to read it when you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have all of this series but possibly the last 1 or 2
I really loved this book! It shared about a struggle to destroy those that would destroy all that the main character held close to his heart. I am not sure why I didnt read the other books in the series as soon as I got done with this one. I would recommend this book to all Vampire lovers and lovers of memoirs and stuff!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fails To Reach It's High Aspirations
Romkey envisions an absolutely fantastical gothic world full of the romantic quasi-aristocratic lives of rich and cultured vampires, full of detailed history, even the unique idea of historical characters reappearing as modern day vampires (such as Mozart, Rasputin, Jack the Ripper, and Tatiana Romanov, yes thee Czar Nicholas Romanov's daughter), car chases,violence, sex and creative horror; Romkey has imagined a novel abounding with many references to eminent classical composers and some of the darker figures of popular culture. It starts out with an aspiring young pianist named David Parker who gets trapped into the insufferably boring life of a successful attorney whose passion for cocaine, over priviledged life, and faithless wife drives him to the brink of suicide. Soon he is transformed into a vampire and initiated into a world of combating rapacious evil.
Unfortunately, it all falls short of anything but a really cheesy B-rated gothic horror story.
Romkey's venture into the macabre begun to get more horrid than horrifying when he first mentions the Illuminati. There is no historical background on what the Illuminati is or was, how it was created, who created it, or what the general mindset it consists of other than that its a collection of moralizing pseudo-Christian altruistic vampires bent upon saving the human race from it's stupidity. Which is extremely vexing when the original Illuminati was a secret society begun by Adam Weishaupt in 1776 that masqueraded as a philanthropist gentleman's club that based its teachings on the acts and teachings of Jesus Christ, when really it was a group of atheists/anarchists obsessed with Enlightenment literature that worked toward subverting the current government for the betterment of all humankind. It was found out and abolished in 1785, mostly because of internecine rivalry within the society caused four university professors in the lower degrees of the Order became disillusioned with it and informed the authorities of it's existence. Anyways, the point is, is that with all of Romkey's digressions into the history of Russia and whatnot I felt the Illuminati deserved its own history lesson being it played a pertinent part in the story. Also I felt the views of Mozart and Rasputin as presented by Romkey were out of context with the atheistic Illuminati in that both of them were represented as pious believers in a God. He even went so far as to make Mozart a friend of the Catholic Church, which is inconsistent with history being that Mozart refused the last rites on his death bed. I also felt that there was far too much moral philosophizing to the point where it made the main protagonist David Parker seem no less than an insipid weakling of the same status as the interminably whining Louis of Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire.
In any case, the book was well worth reading if only for the history and for the fact that it started out so well. Its only too bad that it had to fall flat on its face.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Intersting Read
I thought that this book was entertaning but also hard to like.It was difficult for me to imagin historical figuers such as Wolfgon Amadaus Mozart as a vampire!
The writing it self and the descrptions where great.It had excelent dialog and was quite a page turner.However I couldn't really get pass the thought of Mozart being an imortal vampire though.Not my thing I guess. ... Read more

134. Dracula (Penguin Classics)
by Bram Stoker, Maurice Hindle
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker's Dracula probes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England-an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his "Master"-culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting Tale!
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I, of course was expecting to read something similar to the movie 'Dracula' that I had seen. While there are some similarities, the book is immensely better. I guess that it would be hard to convey all the emotions of an individuals character 'on screen'.

This extremely well written tale is written in a series of diaries. Everything that we read is someones diary, relating all of the events that are unfolding. I found myself unable to read this novel at night, as I was 'fearful'. I do not think that a novel or movie has to be 'gory' to convey a message of 'horror', it can be done with suggestive words and the type of enviroment that a character is in.

Unlike the movie, we are not made to feel for Dracula. We see him for the bloodsucking fiend that he is. There is no love or romance between him and the dedicated Mina. The 'slayer' Van Helsing is as witty as ever as are all the rest of the important characters. This tale unfolds quite nicely and is very enjoyable.

If you are looking for an interesting and well written read, then I recommend this riveting tale.

3-0 out of 5 stars Someone sucked the blood out of the second half of the book!
Let's just say that Brad Pitt was right in "Interview with the Vampire" when asked about Dracula in saying "Vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman".
I am giving it three stars because Stoker in the first part of the book estabilished himself as a pioneer in the genre, with the atmospheric description of Transylvania and Dracula's castle.
There he was clearly describing his nocturnal fears in a sublime uninfluential way, but when events transfer to England then he gets into such a confused mix of Christian morality and a rambling of personal issues (especially when describing women-men relationships) that i could hardly get to the end.
Overall the rotten apple in the end ruined the whole bunch, for me at least.

4-0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all
This is the original Dracula, the one that started it all. However, after years of Hollywood movies showing us what the Count "should" look like, reading this book can come as a little bit of a shocker as there are many (and I do mean *many*) differences from this story to the ones that the movies portray.

The Count is physically very different from the debonair looking, eyebrow rising, cow-licked hairstyle, tuxedo wearing vampire that Bela Lugosi made famous. He looks more like Count Orlock from the F. Murnau film 'Nosferatu'.

If you have seen Francis Ford Coppola's film, you have seen the closest approximation to the story the novel tells, as many of the events are portrayed similarly to those on the book, yet, the usual 'creative liberties' are taken in order to make the film more fluid.

Be warned that the book is written as a number of diary entries or letters from the different characters of the story, and that this being a book written at the waning years of the 19th century, the language used can sometimes seem confusing.

It's not as fluid a reading as you would expect from the first vampire story, but nonetheless a great book and certainly one of the classics that everybody should include in their collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the SCARIEST novels ever written
I will you, this has to be one of the scariest novels I have ever read...and reviewed! The beginning, for those who live on the '30's film, begins as JONATHAN HARKER, not Renfield,
goes to Trans. On a bussiness trip to Count Dracula's home,
he discovers the horrible truth of his host.
In the city of London, or Whitby, the effects are taking thier
place on Mina Murray, Harker's fiancee. Not to mention
her friend, Lucy Westenra falling ill mysteriously.
They call upon Van Helsing, and as John comes home,
The set out to exterminate the vampire,
but not before he takes another victim....


Now the story is deep. Eventually, the kill him, (stake, etc.)
And after an Afterward by John, the book ends.
Truly scary. READ THIS BOOK, people.

5-0 out of 5 stars The vampire novel!
Actually Dracula does not need a lot of explanation. Everybody must have experienced at least once the myth of Count Dracula in any form: film, television or book. No character has ever ignited so much imagination than the Chief Vampire of Transylvania. It is absolutely no surprise that this book is still read by thousands of people worldwide.

The narrative unfolds itself by combining letters, newspaper clippings, journal entries and even phonograph records. This certainly adds to the mysterious atmosphere that dominates the first half of the book, but turns a bit against the story when the action really starts. Simply by reading a letter written by Miss Mina Murray, you are already informed that Mina will survive the struggle described by her. Technically this method also puts extra constraints on the author. Knowing this, it is fun to see how many tricks Stoker needed to keep the flow of letters going. At one point in the story he has to send Doctor Van Helsing back home, just so he can respond with a letter. Of course, it would have been quite silly to have two people writing each other letters while they are living in the same house.

The story itself is very powerful, but to modern readers it is often perceived as being dense and overcrowded with details. This is typical to Victorian novels, in which the women are always tender and caring and the men brave and intelligent. It seems that these conclusions have to be underlined on every page of the book. Still Bram Stoker succeeds in winning the attention of the reader by supplying an unprecedented richness to the story. The plot is filled with unexpected twists, remarkable action sequences and rather eerie -sometimes almost erotic- confrontations with evil entities. No situation is left unused to heighten the mystery. Even for the spoiled modern reader, some lugubrious scenes can still be experienced as hair-raising; a treat that most modern novels can't claim so easily.

Keeping in mind that this is a typical Victorian extravaganza and that the story suffers a bit under its form, one can but only admit that Dracula must be 'the' classic vampire novel. Although there is a lot of 'derived' work on the market, no one can truly claim to know the legend of Dracula without having read Bram Stoker's novel. ... Read more

135. The Vampire Chronicles/The Queen of the Damned/The Vampire Lestat/Interview with the Vampire
by Anne Rice
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Chronicals
Of course the Vampire Chronicals has grown larger than these three books, but sometimes not for the better. These three are the best of the batch. It starts with "Interview" as Louis, a 200 year old vampire tells his life story to a young reporter. It is certainly the deepest, darkest, and more personal of the three, which was how Mrs. Rice was feeling at the time, as her young daughter had just died (comparable with Louis's heart brake when Claudia was killed). The next one is "Lestat". Lestat wakes up from an eighty year slumber and becomes a famous rock star in the tradition of Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper. But the majority of this book has to do with Lestat's education as a fledgling vampire in 18th centry France and his attempt to find the vampire teacher, Marius. In the third, "Queen", Lestat has angered the other vampires of the world by telling humans the legends and secrets of the vampires (disgised as music videos). As other blood drinkers are set to attack him, the Queen herself, the oldest and most powerful vampire in existance, saves Lestat, and offers him a position as her king. This book tells the origin of the vampire in early, pre-history Egypt.
This set of books sets up an interesting cast of charactors. they all represent some piece of humanity. Louis is loss and pain. Lestat is the devil may care lover of life who is a snob and shuns authority. Armand is the cold and distant object of beauty. Marius is the father figure they all obay, for the most part. There are others, like Claudia the willfull brat child.
This series dose not have as much action and violence as you'd expect from a horror novel, and they aren't really scary. They are more like a soap opera with ghosts and vampires (like a hipper version of "Dark Shadows"). There is a lot of meditation on the nature of good and evil, a lot of philosophy as to what it means to be powerful, and the need to kill, and endless moralizing. Religion is touched on briefly. Some people might find this fascinating, others endless whinning. It's like Plato, with murders here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent... Edge-of-your-seat reading!
These 3 books were amazing... a friend on-line pushed me into reading the first, and I eventually borrowed the second and third from my English teacher... I couldn't stop! Lestat, Louis.. they're wonderful characters. Marius, Pandora, the same. But Armand has always been my favourite. Always has, always will. I am absolutely AMAZED at the way Anne Rice writes, and I am drawn to her books like a pencil to paper!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I've ever read.
It was great! These books were so wonderfully emotional and dark, I could practically see in my mind's eye Lestat and Louis, and I could feel the strength of the old ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delicious. A creative, expressive piece of art.
Anne Rice has reached the ultimate boundary of thrills with the vampire chronicles. I felt I was one with the characters. Each page brought forth Anne Rice's imagination on paper. One of the best series of the decade. Diana.J

5-0 out of 5 stars A wild ride.
The first three books of the vampire chronicles are the most exciting books that I've read in a long time. There's action, adventure, love, betrayal, and even a few lessons to be learned if you can read between the lines. Other books in the vampire chronicles don't compare to these three. ... Read more

136. Blood Walk
by Lee Killough, Kevin Murphy, Stephen Pagel
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3-0 out of 5 stars A fun read, if a little dated
Blood Walk is a compilation of Lee Killough's two Garreth Mikaelian novels Blood Hunt and Bloodlinks. The writing is straight to the point, no frills, the characters interesting, and the action just strong enough to carry the whole thing along. Not a bad airplane read. The references to various 80's-related paraphernalia made it an interesting ride into nostalgia land, though were I the editor of this edition, I would probably have had the author try to update the technology just a little bit. If you're looking for a quick no-nonsense Laurell K. Hamilton read, this is a great book for you, and a great alternative to the Anita Blake books. If you're looking for something deeper and more prosaic, stick to Anne Rice or the other up-and-coming gothic authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bust me, Garth!
This is a damn good vampire novel, but it's also a damn good police procedural. My husband's a cop and I'm a reporter, so I know the police beat pretty well. I can tell you Killough did a good job capturing the feeling of a small town police force, as well as the mechanics of cop politics in general.

From the standpoint of a vampire fan, I really enjoyed the portrayal of Garth and his struggles with his changed existance. In fact, I think Killough does the best job with that transformation I've ever read this side of Anne Rice. However, Garth is a much more admirable character than Rice's vampires, as human as he is superhuman.

Overall, finding a good vampire novel can be tricky, but Killough's book is so good I've read it a dozen times. And that says something, since the majority of vampire novels I buy I can't even finish because the writing style or characterization or plotting drives me nuts. But this book worked right down to the ground.

Do yourself a favor and buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2 of my favourite vampire-detective novels
I read this book when it first came out, and was delighted when the sequel came along. I'd reccomend these books to anybody who enjoys the 'vampire-detective' genre. A subset of the vampire genre, which for me which started with these books, and remains my favourite theme in this area.

I'd love to read some more books with Gareth in them. My only dissapointment with these books was that there hasn't been more in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fine read for mystery readers.
When I saw the cover of this book in person I was a bit concerned that I'd made a mistake...and now I find that I didn't. The two novels that make up Bloodwalk come together seamlessly, and the characters bring an extra depth to what could have been a slick "vampire-cop" pastiche. Buy a copy for yourself and one for that mystery reader you know who is always on the look out for something different. No one I've suggested this book to has complained yet!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stay up late to read it!
As a conspicuous consumer of vampire novels, I am often looking for something "new under the moon." Blood Walk filled the bill most satisfyingly. With it's well developed characters and neatly twisting plot, it's a refreshing departure from some of the worn cliches of the genre. I found myself reading hte final chapters slowly, only because I wasn't ready to say good-bye to Garreth Mikalean just yet, who by the end of the book became someone I wanted to give a nice warm bowl of blood to. Get this book and plan to stay up late with Garreth, Lane, Harry and the rest. ... Read more

137. Art in the Blood (Vampire Files, No 4)
by P. N. Elrod
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Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not as much Fun as Previous Installments
Book Review by C. Douglas Baker


After BLOODCIRCLE, Book Three of the Vampire Files, I wondered where the story would lead since the mystery of Maureen's disappearance had been solved. In ART IN THE BLOOD, Book Four of the Vampire Files, Jack Fleming, our moralist vampire, befriends a group of artists and eventually finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation. Notice I said "eventually". ART IN THE BLOOD is meandering and irritating because half of the book could have been removed with little effect on the plot and storyline. The first third of the book is interesting but nothing much happens. The novel mucks around for awhile after the murder occurs. Finally, Jack has an insight as to who the murderer is and uses his hypnotic powers of persuasion to get at the truth. All in all, not much of story.

ART IN THE BLOOD is a disappointment after three fairly entertaining jaunts. Having read the series in order the familiarity of the characters kept me minimally interested. Unless you just must complete a series once you start it like me, I would recommend skipping ART IN THE BLOOD.

5-0 out of 5 stars My second favorit in the series
In this book our favorite vampire, Jake Fleming, is back and as funny as ever! This is not supposed to be a comedy, but Jack is such a great character, he really makes you laugh. I thought that this book was very entertaining, and well written. It was different from the other books, but that only makes it better. The first in the series is actually my favorite, but this one comes in second.

3-0 out of 5 stars Less Stoker and More Chandler for Jack's next adventure
"Art in the Blood," the fourth volume in "The Vampire Files" by P. N. Elrod, smacks much more of Raymond Chandler than Bram Stoker, which constitutes a bit of a shift in the series. Jack Fleming enters into the world of art where temperamental souls slap paint on canvas and some pieces of art might we worth killing over. Although there are some slightly significant occurrences between Jack and Bobbi having to do with blood drinking, our hero being a vampire is pretty much reduced to be an investigative tool to help solve the mystery murder at hand. After solving the fate of Maureen and meeting his sire's sire in the previous departure, "Art in the Blood" is really a radical change. Instead of high drama in which Jack is intimately involved, we have a rather traditional detective story, albeit one involving a vampire. Hopefully Elrod is just looking for a change of pace at this point in the series, which makes sense after reaching something of an initial high point in "Bloodcircle," but I am not sure I really want to read a whole bunch of books in the same vein as this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Author needs to take some writing classes soon
This book defies description, it so bad. The dialogue is trite, the characters shallow, and the writing amateur. Sorry, Elrod, maybe you should go back to your day job.

I'm ashamed I have bought all of Elrod's book on the advice of another author at Uncommon Con in Dallas/Fort Worth last year. I'm beginning to think she was in cahoots with Elrod to sell books for each other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jack Fleming, art critic
Well my friends, it was good checking in to see what our famous vamprie is up to. I really enjoyed this book. Jack is up to his old tricks, but this time, he has entered the world of art. I highly suggest the book. It was a real page turner. If you start it, you won't put it down, and you won't be sorry. :O)= ... Read more

138. Long Way Home: The Unseen Trilogy, Book 3 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel crossover)
by Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Buffy and Angel find themselves launched into a frightening reality where fierce dragons and other fairy-tale monstrosities rule supreme. Once they locate each other, they rally the missing teens -- including Salma -- and attempt to make their way through the interdimensional portal back to Sunnydale. Little do they know that two unlikely allies have also come through to alternity: Spike and the rogue Slayer, Faith, both with their own respective -- and complicated -- MOs.

Back in L.A., gang violence and vigilantism are at a fever pitch. The Slayerettes -- now an extended unit -- are holding down the fort, awaiting Buffy and Angel's return. But Slayer and Vampire are feeling moral conflict that rivals the physical strain of demon-slaying: each wonders if a reality exists where their love could have survived. And when one of the duo's charges is suddenly killed, the portal to Sunnydale is sealed. Now, before they can worry about ridding their own universe of supernatural chaos, they've got to find a way to get back to it.... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Ending in any Dimension
Nancy Holder and Jeff Mariotte have brought their crossover trilogy to an end in grand style. Action packed this book brings each of the complex plots to an agreeable end. Everyone plays apart as the gang tries to defeat the monsters, find the missing children, and stop the gang warfare. It is the action rather than the relationships, which sparkle in this story. The battles are well written. Poodle size rats, disembodied armor, slavers, mad zoo keepers, shadows, giant worms and miscellaneous monsters threaten the gang.

Because there are so many characters it is hard to give them equal time or explore their emotions as much as fully as the reader might like. Not only do we have Buffy, Angel and their gangs, but even Faith and the mayor make an appearance. The authors for the most part have done an excellent job of working in the series history and keeping the characters true to their TV personalities. There are some lovely inside jokes that true Buffy fans will love. There are, however, some inconsistencies. When Faith is added to the team she pitches in to help Angel but says she owes Buffy nothing. Yet the last we saw Faith on the TV series she was acknowledging that Buffy was the only one who gave her chance after chance and that she had not only rejected her friendship but had attacked her friends and messed with her life. So it was hard to understand her anger at Buffy.

The back drop of the other realities was very intriguing. I loved the vampire zoo especially and the worm tunnels made my skin crawl. A nice touch was the temptations. Although I think that Angel's temptation would have been more realistic if it had not excluded Buffy.

I enjoyed the trilogy and this book in particular. I recommend it highly to Buffy fans but I would not suggest reading it without reading the other two Unseen volumes first.

4-0 out of 5 stars The most complex Buffy/Angel novel slowly winds down
Halfway through "Long Way Home," the final book in the Unseen Buffy/Angel Crossover Trilogy by Nancy Holder and Jeff Mariotte, the story gets as complex as a Tom Clancy novel. At one point, in terms of plot threads, (1) Buffy, (2) Angel, (3) Spike and (4) Salma are all in different alternities; back in Sunnydale (5) Riley is dealing with a shadow monster, (6) Giles, Xander and Anya are looking for Riley, while (7) Joyce is at Giles' apartment worrying about Buffy; in Los Angeles (8) Wesley, Willow and Cordelia are trying to get Alina to fix the Reality Tracer, as (9) the Latino gangs are fighting the Russian Mafiya, (10) Nicky is having a heart to heart with his grandmother; (11) Kate is investigating the disappearance of all the kids and (12) Faith is having fun in prison; meanwhile (13) Mischa is still planning on meeting Alina at the Grand Canyon. I think that covers everything, since there are no scenes of Gunn or the Flores family doing anything at this point and I assume Dennis was already finished with the dishes back at Cordy's apartment.

What all these plot threads mean is that Buffy and Angel are competing for time with every other character in the story, so those who pick up the Unseen Trilogy hoping for the two main characters to spend significant time together, are going to be disappointed. All you have to do is look at the front and back covers of "Long Way Home" to know that Spike and Faith are supposed to have prominent roles in the story, but Spike gets caught in something of an alternity dead end while it takes a while for Faith to become involved, even when you know what the plan is regarding the reformed Rogue Slayer. The last part of the book basically has all those groups meeting and slowly reducing the number of plot threads until we are down to three locations where stuff is happening. There really is not a big climax here; it is more a case of things winding down.

When reviewing the first book in the Unseen trilogy I commented on the inherent problems with characterization in writing Buffy/Angel books, so that most of the characters are pretty much treading water. This time around I want to point out one plus and one minus in this regard: on the plus side, Holder and Mariotte do a really nice job of fleshing out Riley's feelings for Buffy, their relationship, Angel, and a lot of other stuff going on. But on the minus side of the equation I think Faith regresses a bit too much to where she was before the big confrontation with Angel. Another nice touch was that the writers presented Buffy and Angel as having different conceptions of what the best of all possible worlds would be. The bottom line is that while the Unseen Trilogy is not the grand epic we saw with the Gatekeeper Trilogy, it is a worthy effort. But next time there is a Buffy/Angel crossover, the two starcrossed lovers better be together for a bigger chunk of the action.

2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the characterizations
This book seemed pretty flat to me, compared to the characters on the TV show. Especially the sub-plot surrounding Spike. There was a lot "happening" in this book, but I couldn't be moved to care much. Unlike the show, where you can go from tears to laughing out loud in a heartbeat.

4-0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I heard these were coming out, and it was approaching my birthday of last June, I got thise and play tickets from my mom after serious begging. She bought me them as soon as each one came out, funny thing is my best friend who doestn live at all close to me, got me the first one. But this is on the third one, it was a very well written book. The scenes between Buffy and Angel were pricless and touch the b/a shippers heart. A problem was of how much Buffy acted as if she loved Riley more than anything of the world, and Angel was past, why he dreamed about her and their forgotten day. Otherwise it is a good read, as a fan of either show, or the B/A or even b/r(gag) relationship. Just one thing to people who read my review or somethign that would never happen Nancy and Jeff read this, what the hell happend to Spike?! Is there a new crossover triogly in the making*looks hopeful*

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Nancy Holder deserves a huge Buffy fan award. Not only did her hardcover book, "Book of Fours," provide fans with one of teh Slayer's best stories, it fit logically into the Buffy-verse without taking many great leaps.

I'm not sure why she stopped writing with Christopehr Golden but I have no complaints. She blew his "Tales of the Lost Slayer" out of the water with this trilogy. It all fit neatly into the recent story lines of both Buffy and Angel (Seasons 4 / 2 respectively).

Kudos! MORE NANCY MORE!!!!!! ... Read more

139. The Vampire Files (The Vampire Files)
by P. N. Elrod
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bloodlist introduces Jack Fleming, an investigative journalist in Prohibition-era Chicago who gotbitten by a vampire.

In Lifeblood and Bloodcircle Jack hunted for the men who killed him, and for his long-lost love, Maureen. Now, the original vampire-noir cult classics by P.N. Elrod are together for the first time in one volume-easier for fans to sink their teeth into.
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a writer!
I totally agree with the other reviewer--except about the 1st book being the weakest--it is NOT!!! , but unfortunately he has SPOILERS all through his review!

If you've never tried this series and want some surprises left just sample it for yourself, as he--I'm sure with the best of intentions--gives away some major plot points, especially on Bloodcircle. Yikes!

And it is also worthy of mention to note that Ms. Elrod's series predates many of the examples of vampire books/shows cited. She was here long before Forever Knight, Buffy, Angel etc. and I am SO glad to find a writer who clearly loved--loves?--Dark Shadows as much as I do. The in-jokes alone in Bloodcircle are worth the price of admission!

5-0 out of 5 stars The opening trio of adventures of Jack Fleming, Vampire P.I.
In literature and popular culture there are the Bram Stoker vampires of Dracula, the Anne Rice vampires like Lestat, Louis and Armand, and the Joss Whedon vampires of Angelus, Spike and the Master. A distant, but by no means a poor relation, are the vampires of P. N. Elrod. "The Vampire Files" collects the first three novels in the Jack Fleming, Vampire P.I. series, where a slightly different type of vampire inhabits the film noir world of the hardboiled detective.

"Bloodlist" introduces us to Jack Fleming, who does not remember how he became a vampire let alone how he ended up dead, which lends an air of mystery to "Bloodlist." Jack was (is?) a reporter, so he sets about to learn who wanted (wants?) him dead. Fortunately, shortly after waking up on the beach a goon tries to run him down and tells Jack, after some encouragement, that he had some sort of list that is important enough for some gangster types to want him dead. Unfortunately, Jack remembers none of this. Allied with Charles Escott, an eccentric private investigator and former actor who is fascinated by Jack's current, ah, condition, our hero gets closer and closer to solving one of this two burning mysteries. Along the way he makes the acquaintance of Bobbi, a beautiful singer at one of the clubs and the current "girlfriend" of one of the bad guys. But even dead, Jack knows how to show a lady a good time. More importantly, eventually he gets to remember every excruciating detail of his "death."

"Bloodlist" certainly establishes the potential for this series, which as even Jack notices is more reminiscent of the Shadow than Dracula; the best parts of this book are when Jack uses his new powers to toy with the bad guys. Jack is a vampire, but since he feeds his blood lust at the Chicago Stockyards and is still trying to learn the ropes about being one of the undead he qualifies as being a "good" vampire. As a faithful sidekick, Escott is a unique combination of elements from a lot of literary ancestors, while Bobbi makes an interesting love interest for our hero simply because she does not bat an eye at Jack's unique approach to love making. The Vampire Files is clearly a series that is going to rest on the strength of the three main characters and she has certainly given herself something to build upon. Plus, there is that other mystery to solve as to how he ended up undead.

The first novel is the weakest of the three, only because the film noir aspects are not as strong as the developing idea of vampires the first time around. In "Lifeblood" vampire hunters are after Jack, as "The Vampire Files" kicks into high gear. Nice guy vampire Jack Fleming is still getting used to being one of the undead, helping his friend Charles Escott with a few investigations and trying to build some sort of happy live with Bobbi Smythe. However, his "life" is suddenly facing a couple of major complications. First, a pair of fairly incompetent but nonetheless deadly vampire hunters are on his trail. They do not know that crosses and silver do not bother our hero, but there is no reason for Jack to tell them that. Second, he has finally had a response from the ads he has been placing for Maureen in newspapers around the country and meets Gaylen Dumont, an old woman who claims to be his beloved Maureen's younger sister. Yes, it seems that Maureen is the vampire who sired Jack, and now Gaylen wants a small favor from our hero.

Elrod has a much better feel for the bad guys (and gals) this time around that she did with the gangsters. The practical side of being a vampire has been pretty much worked out in terms of what parts of what everybody knows about vampires, courtesy of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," are actually true. But what I like is that the practical realities of being a vampire are central to the story Elrod is telling. There is also a harder edge to this story, with the more gruesome elements balancing the comic confrontations a bit more than in the previous volume. It is clear that we are in the beginning of a lengthy tale to be told and I appreciate a writer who wants to take their time in telling their tale well.

In the third offering, "Bloodcircle," Jack finally finds out the truth about Maureen. After cleaning up a few loose ends from their previous adventure, Jack and Escott try to uncover what happened to Maureen, Jack's former lover and vampire sire, when she disappeared five years ago. Apparently on that night she was at the estate of Miss Emily Francher, whose personal assistant Jonathan Barrett not only turns out to be a 160-year-old vampire, but also is revealed to be the one who sired Maureen. With plenty of in-jokes for those who still remember the soap opera "Dark Shadows," P. N. Elrod follows our hero and his faithful human companion as they seek to solve the mystery of Maureen's disappearance, which has been haunting Jack for years. Once again, Elrod saves the best for last, as the climatic chapters of this novel elevate the story line to a new level. What I continue to appreciate with these novels are not only how Elrod deals with the practical aspects of being a vampire, especially once they are staked, but how Jack never responds in a predictable manner.

I also like the fact that "Bloodcircle," like its two predecessors in "The Vampire Files," are clearly part of a larger story, always "to be continued" and always compelling our continued interest. These books are fun reads, perfect for a day at the beach or living the commuter lifestyle, even when they come three to a volume as is the case with this collection. Elrod has created a rather different but still entertaining type of vampire, and even got around to trying to integrate her vampires with Bram Stokers in "Quincey Morris, Vampire." However, you should start here, with Jack Fleming, before moving on to that particular vampiric tidbit. ... Read more

140. Lord of the Dead: The Secret History of Byron
by Tom Holland
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Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A great read!!
Lord of the Dead is an interesting, fictional view of vampires and temptation which focuses on the imaginary life of the famous poet, Lord Byron. As soon as you delve into the book, you are taken into fairly present-day London with a girl named Rebecca. She speaks to a man, interested in the keys that he holds to a tomb. Mainly after some manuscripts that might be found in the tomb, which may hold information about her mother, Rebecca finally is given the keys by the man, and off she goes to the tomb. What she finds in the tomb is more than she expected, though: Lord Byron himself. After asking if perhaps he knows something as to what happened to her mother, Rebecca is then told the story of his life. He retells his life from top to bottom, speaking of how he and his cohort, Hobhouse, roam the lands of Europe, running into unusual people and trying to find the answers to Byron's many questions. What he doesn't realize is that what he has become destroys those that he is closest to.
Wonderfully written, Lord of the Dead makes for a good read, chock-full of unexpected twists and turns in the plot line as well as highly-detailed scenes which makes the story come to life. Truly an interesting page-turner with unusual scenarios and characters, the book is mainly recommended for those who enjoy adventure and action, as well as tales of vampires and fans of Lord Byron himself.Ara

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
Lord of the Dead is an interesting, fictional view of vampires and temptation which focuses on the imaginary life of the famous poet, Lord Byron. As soon as you delve into the book, you are taken into fairly present-day London with a girl named Rebecca. She speaks to a man, interested in the keys that he holds to a tomb. Mainly after some manuscripts that might be found in the tomb, which may hold information about her mother, Rebecca finally is given the keys by the man, and off she goes to the tomb. What she finds in the tomb is more than she expected, though: Lord Byron himself. After asking if perhaps he knows something as to what happened to her mother, Rebecca is then told the story of his life. He retells his life from top to bottom, speaking of how he and his cohort, Hobhouse, roam the lands of Europe, running into unusual people and trying to find the answers to Byron's many questions. What he doesn't realize is that what he has become destroys those that he is closest to.
Wonderfully written, Lord of the Dead makes for a good read, chock-full of unexpected twists and turns in the plot line as well as highly-detailed scenes which makes the story come to life. Truly an interesting page-turner with unusual scenarios and characters, the book is mainly recommended for those who enjoy adventure and action, as well as tales of vampires and fans of Lord Byron himself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Vampire, Byron Style
This was a rather tedious book with little captivating appeal. It gives the account of Lord Byron, ala Interview with the Vampire, and his travels throughout various European countries, 'finding himself'. I thought the writing was disjointed as it didn't seem to flow well. The biggest question I found myself constantly asking was "Who cares?". Although Lord Byron is now celebrity status, I never felt drawn or attached to any of the characters to really cared what happened to them.

For those people who are fans of Lord Byron, I suspect you probably will like the book and find it entertaining. Maybe that was the whole point and I just missed it. However, for the rest of us, this was just a ho-hum kind of tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Vampire
Well, being a huge Anne Rice fan and waiting for some new material to be released, I am always on the look out for something similar. In the past I have been dissappointed as well as bored to tears. This book I heard of from my friends English Professor, so I ordered it. I was so impressed with Holland's style and it flowed beautifully to my taste in wording. Byron could make anyone fall in love with him, fact or fiction. I am in the process of reading more of Holland's books, but I strongly reccomend this novel if you enjoy the darker side if literature, erotic and beautiful and still deliciously terrifying!

My one pick is that in hindsight, the beginning was a bit slow compared to the terrific ending, but making for a steep climax, so beware heh!

3-0 out of 5 stars Started Out Ok, But Grew Tedious
I know virtually nothing about Lord Byron, except that he was a 19th-century English poet, so I can't say how accurate "Lord of the Dead" is in regard to certain parts of his life shown in here. But Byron fans should like this one since he's cast as the main character--as a vampire, of all things--narrating his past to his single captive audience, Rebecca Carville. His existence in "Lord of the Dead" basically consists of him traveling all over Europe, which does become monotonous after awhile. Yet it's in Greece, where he's traveling with his companion Hobhouse, that he is unwillingly turned into a vampire by Vakhel Pasha. Byron also happens to be in love with the Pasha's young runaway slave, Haidee, which is part of the reason why he kills the Pasha and then escapes the rabid village with her--only to face tragedy a short time later.

The book started out ok, so I was a little confused by all of the low reviews; however, as I continued reading, I understood why. After the first couple chapters, the book seems to fizzle out, especially after Byron kills the Pasha for the first time (yes, he has to attempt this more than once; I guess some people don't understand the meaning of "immortality.") Then comes Byron's internal struggle with his new existence--as well as his acquaintance with other fellow vampires--which doesn't really add anything new to the vampire myth. I wondered exactly how Rebecca could sit there and listen for all 341 pages and not become bored herself. About 100 pages could have been removed from "Lord of the Dead" and it wouldn't have harmed the story a bit; in fact, it would have probably improved it.

And like a few reviewers before me, I did notice some similarities between Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" (because of how the book's told in story form) and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (when Byron is brought to Vakhel Pasha's dark, mountainous castle). And like in most vampire novels, there's blood-drinking and casual sex (as expected with the notorious Byron) in this one as well, though it's relatively reserved for the most part, except for a few scenes that involve things like meat hooks, homosexuality, and incest--but none of them were very erotic or exciting, in my opinion. In summary: This isn't a book I'd necessarily recommend, unless you're a really big fan of Lord Byron and vampires. ... Read more

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